Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Covered in Grace....

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Please welcome one of my blog bestie's, Brooke...she is amazing y'all! Reading this post really got me thinking! I too; like most women, have body issues and other issues...but God is faithful and loving...just check out this amazing post:

Hello Beautiful Rambling Southern Belle Readers! First... I just want to go ahead and laugh with you at my goofy photo! That's pretty much on par for me... Ha!
I'm so happy to have the HONOR of hanging out on Tif's side bar. She is such an inspiration to me and I love her tons. My name is Brooke. I'm the girl behind the blog at Covered in Grace. I'd love to have you come and hang out with me there. My writing usually wraps around my faith in Jesus and the people and things I love. There's definitely a generous sprinkling of collaborative projects, hops, and linky parties in there as well. I run the Monday Meet Up each week and would love to see you there! I did just recently start selling Scentsy, and I'd love it if you'd stop by to check things out there too. Xxo

Today, I want to talk to you all about living the life you are meant to live.

I recently attended a seminar for Scentsy Consultants. It was everything you'd expect from an event like that...new products, motivational speeches, amazing people... One of the speakers in particular stood out to me though. She spoke about projecting wellness and goodness and how the effects of their actions ultimately benefit you and the people that surround you. Her story told of a woman who had harbored negativity and the mundane and merely moved through the motions each day. And then...how that same woman turned her life around for the betterment of her family, her business, and ultimately (and no less importantly) herself. She began sending out love and generosity. She began taking care of herself both spiritually and physically. She let God help her make things happen. She brought herself to life, if you will.

I think the quote above pretty much sums up her attitude change. It embodies what rang loud and clear at a time in her life when she pretty much felt spent. And that is what also rang loud and clear to me as I sat in the massive crowd of excited Scentsy Lovers. 

For a while now I've been battling the same things that many women battle each day: a busy schedule, body image, fatigue, poor self-image, lack of ambition (or direction)...depression. And like so many others, I let all of those things spiral me down into a hole that I had no idea how to climb out of. Without keeping those things in check, without the proper outlet to purge them all, it's easy to fall into a rut and dwell there in self-pity. 

There is a way out! 

Poor self image is one of the most common things that people, notably women, suffer from and deal with. I know I don't have to expound on the topic; you all know the spiel. It saddens me how we all let things like body shape, wealth, talent, and ability define our self-worth with nothing more than shallow societal preconceptions. What about our brilliant uniqueness? What about our amazing minds? What about our beautiful souls? 

After many, many years of battling all of these things I have finally started to embrace something amazing....  

Realizing this...

That God made me so uniquely and intentionally...
That he does not make mistakes...
That his works are wonderful and powerful...
and that I AM ONE OF THEM...

Yall... this has literally set me free.

Realizing this, and embracing this...and actually letting God purge me of the mental oppression that I've been living with...has allowed me to begin the healing process. It has allowed me to genuinely send out those good vibes and amazing love that I have been blessed with. I know that God has created me with purpose and intent. I haven't been placed on this Earth to sit around and wallow in sadness and depression. I haven't been sent here to create negativity or disdain for myself or others.

I have been blessed with life and graced with love.
And I am meant to share that.

Christ calls us to share the love, yall.
He wants it to ooze out of our souls and touch every bit of our lives.

I believe that when we realize our self-worth-that God made us with intent- it becomes easy to apply this good-vibey, pay-it-forward mentality to anything and everything in our lives. His love and goodness can translate into every facet of our being...

Our jobs
self esteem
body image

....any endeavor that we set out upon.

When we realize why we want to make something happen, the how it's gonna happen becomes easy.
I realize that I am supposed to share Christ's love. I realize that I am beautiful in his eyes...that I am a wonderful creation built with purpose and intent. I realize now that I WANT to share his love and emanate wellness and peace. I want it to touch every part of my life...so it is becoming easier and easier to do. It is important to me. It is part of who I am.

As I sat there in that Scentsy seminar, I was reminded of how goodness and love beget goodness and love. That woman's story, her testimony of faith and new-found purpose...they inspired me. I could see myself in her and I'll never forget her words from that day. As I sat there in a room oozing with ambition, I was reminded of how God's reach touches every bit of my life. He doesn't just want my heart, he doesn't just want my writing...my family, my prayers... he wants it all. He wants me to let him into everything...even my Scentsy biz. His love was evident there in that room that day. And I plan to carry on the torch and let it shine over everything in my path.

I hope you'll carry one to!! 

Thank you so much for having me here today, Tif.
...and for being patient when it took forever to get this to you! Ha!



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